Wooded Island 2016

Wooded Island Bird Walk Report December 10, 2016

Event date

Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 8:00am

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Hello everyone,

Winter has definitely arrived.  It was a very chilly morning but we braved the elements long enough to find a few nice birds on the Island, in the Meadow and lots of ducks in the harbor.  Many thanks to Randy for sending me his e-bird reports as I did not want to take my hands out of my gloves to keep the list!

BIRDERS:         Gary, Karin C., Karin D., Renate, Eric, Randy and Jennie

TIME:               8:00am to approximately 10:00am

Wooded Island Bird Walk Report November 19, 2016

Event date

Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 8:00am

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Hello to All,

The strong winds made the cold that much more penetrable. With proper layering of clothing, one could endure and watch for birds. We quickened our pace today because of the dearth of birds along the way.

A single bird was seen on Wooded Island – a Dark-eyed Junco.

Seven mature trees were cut down in the area north of Wooded Island.  There is no stopping the utter destruction of what were once Wooded Island and its surrounding area.

The Outer Harbor still holds Buffleheads and Scaup.

Wooded Island Bird Walk Report October 29, 2016

Event date

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 8:00am

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Hello to All,

Wooded Island is now open. Access is from the north and south bridges.  Darrow Bridge remains heavily barricaded. We now walk around the Columbia Basin (North Lagoon) to reach the North Bridge onto Wooded Island.  The Japanese Garden had only one entry and exit point, under the cedar gate.

Wooded Island Bird Walk Report October 22, 2016

Event date

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 8:00am

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Hello to All,

It was a great day for birding. The sun was shining and the sky was blue.

We walked south through Bobolink Meadow, then along the soccer field fence, which will remain in place. Lauren from the Park District arrived at the South Bridge onto Wooded Island at the same time our group did.  She unlocked the fence and we were free to walk on our beloved Wooded Island once again.

Wooded Island Bird Walk Report October 15, 2015

Event date

Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 8:00am

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Hello to All,

Sad news to report: The tall snag located on the southeast corner of Wooded Island has been trimmed of horizontal branches.  Why??? Perches are now limited to a few flat exposed surfaces.

A couple of Yellow-rumped Warblers were around. Randy found some Palm Warblers too, plus sparrows: White-crowned, White-throated and Dark-eyed Juncos.  We were challenged to get a glimpse.

The male Hooded Merganser and female Belted Kingfisher were nice to see.

Wooded Island Bird Walk Report September 24, 2016

Event date

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 8:00am

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Hello to All,

There is now a clearing in the woods at the north end of Bobolink Meadow.  The warblers gathered in the surrounding trees. We all suffered from “warbler neck.”  A circle of zero gravity outdoor lounge chairs would have been nice. 

The Great Blue Herons are not fearful of high perches.  One particular heron looked like a tree ornament atop of a tree on Heron Island. 

Wooded Island Bird Walk Report September 17, 2016

Event date

Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 8:00am

Location

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Hello to All,

It was another good day for fall migration. Although the number for each species was much lower than in years gone by, the number of species was fair.

For some unknown reason Red-breasted Nuthatches have decided to migrate along the lakefront and in the northern Illinois area in general.  In recent years past, we were happy to see a few.  They and their cousin, White-breasted Nuthatches are a delight to see.

Wooded Island Bird Walk Report September 10, 2016

Event date

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 8:00am

Location

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Hello to All,

It was a pleasant walk, as usual.  The warblers are beginning their fall migration visit to Jackson Park. Thanks to the searching and discoveries of Eric and Tobias Ginsburg, a total of seven warbler species were found.

BIRDERS:      6.         (1) Caroline H., (2) Jennie S., (3) Eric G., (4) Tobias G., (5) Karin C., (6) Pat D.       

TIME:             8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.         

PLACES:        Bobolink Meadow and East Lagoon

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